How a Bad Home Inspector Can Jeopardize Your Sale

  1. Asbestos

  2. Radon, Methane, Radiation and Formaldehyde

  3. Wood-Destroying Organisms

  4. Mold, Mildew and Fungi

  5. Rodents

  6. Lead

General Home Inspection Checklist Items


Structural Elements such as Construction of walls, ceilings, floors, roof and foundation.

  • Exterior Evaluation such as Wall covering, landscaping, grading, elevation, drainage, driveways, fences, sidewalks, fascia, trim, doors, windows, lights and exterior receptacles.

  • Roof and Attic such as Framing, ventilation, type of roof construction, flashing and gutters. It does not include a guarantee of roof condition nor a roof certification.

  • Plumbing such as Identification of pipe materials used for potable, drain, waste and vent pipes. including condition. Toilets, showers, sinks, faucets and traps. It does not include a sewer inspection.

  • Systems and Components such as Water heaters, furnaces, air conditioning, ductwork, chimney, fireplace and sprinklers.

  • Electrical such as Main panel, circuit breakers, types of wiring, grounding, exhaust fans, receptacles, ceiling fans and light fixtures.

  • Appliances such as Dishwasher, range and oven, built-in microwaves, garbage disposal and, yes, even smoke detectors.

  • Garage such as Slab, walls, ceiling, vents, entry, firewall, garage door openers, lights, receptacles, exterior, windows and roof.Home Inspection Checklist Items Needing Service Home inspection reports do not describe the condition of every component if it’s in excellent shape, but should note every item that is defective or needing service. The serious problems are:

  • Health and safety issues

  • Roofs with a short life expectancy

  • Furnace / A/C malfunctions

  • Foundation deficiencies

  • Moisture / drainage issues

Home Inspection Checklist Items Sellers Should Fix

If you have a choice, it might be smarter to hire your own contractors and supervise repairs. Before issuing a formal request to repair, consider the seller’s incentive to hire the cheapest contractor and to replace appliances with the least expensive brands.

Although home inspectors are reluctant to and, in some cases, refuse to disclose repair costs, call a contractor to determine the scope and expense to fix minor problems yourself. No home is perfect. Every home will have issues noted or flagged in a home inspection. Even new homes. A repair issue that will be be a deal breaker for a first-time home buyer, causing the buyer to cancel the contract, will not faze a home buyer versed in home repair. Talk to your agent, family, friends and call a few contractors to discuss which types of defects are minor. Perhaps a simple solution is available such as replacing a $1.99 receptacle, which can resolve many outlet problems.

Pat yourself on the back, too, for getting a home inspection. Some buyers feel a home inspection is unnecessary, especially if they are buying new construction. If a light switch doesn’t work or the air conditioner blows out hot air, those are problems you can see and test. The problems that aren’t readily identifiable to you such as code violations, a furnace that leaks carbon monoxide or a failing chimney, are the types of defects a home inspector could identify in a new home. Builders’ contractors make mistakes, too.

If you have questions on Home Inspector or any part of the home buying process please, Don’t hesitate to Contact Me!

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